Friday, 15 April 2016

Today in rock history 15th April

1927 – John Lennon biographer and Professor Longhair liner-notes author Albert Goldman is born. 1944 – Guitarist Dave Edmunds is born in Cardiff. 1964 – The Beatles filmed outside shots at the Scala Theatre in Tottenham Court Road, London for their forthcoming movie ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’ 1966 – UK music press announces there’ll be no new Beatles film for the time being. Producer Walter Shenson says, ‘We’ve turned down everything from The Beatles in the Army to The Beatles Meet Elvis’. 1966 – Appearing live at the Blackpool Odeon, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink, 1967 – Born on this day, Frankie Poullian, bass, The Darkness. 1971 – Rolling Stone announces that the Illinois Crime Commission has compiled a list of “drug-oriented rock records.” The list includes Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” and Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” 1975 – Appearing at Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, Kiss, Rush and the Heavy Metal Kids. 1977 – Lynyrd Skynyrd give a gold album for One More for the Road to Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. The band donates another gold record to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, where the double live album was recorded. 1982 – Billy Joel breaks a wrist when his motorcycle and an auto collide. He is hospitalized and has surgery. 1996 – Jerry Garcia’s ashes are scattered near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. A portion of the remains of the Grateful Dead guitarist had already been deposited into the Ganges in India. 2001 – Punk pioneer Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) singer of The Ramones died after losing a long battle with lymphatic cancer aged 49. 2003 – Heartland rocker Melissa Etheridge announces she’s become engaged to her partner of two years, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. 2003 – Fleetwood Mac release their album Say You Will. The disc reunites the band with AWOL songwriter Lindsey Buckingham, but vocalist Christine McVie opts to sit this one out. 2004 – ‘Frisco noisemakers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announce they have left their label Virgin. Robert Turner says, “This is actually the greatest day in our band’s somewhat short history.” 2004 – Courtney Love is ordered by a Los Angeles judge to stand trial for two counts of drug possession. Love appears in court with a copy of The 48 Laws of Power and tells the judge she will be “on tour” the date of her next hearing. 2007 – Acts appearing at the Quilmes Rock festival at River stadium in Argentina included, Aerosmith, Velvet Revolver, Placebo, Keane and Evanescence.

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